Meet Our Staff
Gary Burke (Club Owner / Director)
Gary Burke (Club Owner / Director)
2020-2021 Teams Girls U11 & Girls U14 Green
Coach Gary Burke is a CFC club owner and currently serves as the Club Director and Staff Coach.
He has now been Coaching Varsity High School soccer for over 30 years and is credited for rebuilding Westwood and Braintree High School Boys programs and presently is at the helm of the Milton High School girls soccer program.
He has coached all levels of teams and ages from TOTS, to youth soccer programs, to professional players in the PDL with the Boston Rams.
As a High school Coach he has received EMSCA South coach of the year honors twice and Boston Globe Division 1 Coach of the year, making him the first to be selected as both a player and Coach representing the same school (Braintree).
Coach Burke played Varsity soccer for 3 years at Braintree High School where he served as Captain and Team MVP. As at two-time Bay State League leading goal scorer, he earned back to back all league and scholastic accolades. His senior year he was selected as an All State and All New England player as well as a Boston Globe All Scholastic.
Coach Burke went on to be a 2 year captain at nationally ranked Salem State, where he was named to the league’s All Conference Team.
He has USSF, NHFS, and USC diplomas and licenses and continues his on-going education attending National Conventions, seminars and trainings.
Coach Burke holds a United Soccer Coaches National Diploma as well as specialized licenses in professional Tactics, special topics, 11 v 11, 7 v 7 and 4 v 4 diplomas.
Brian Mitchell (Director of Soccer Operations)
BRIAN MITCHELL (DIRECTOR OF SOCCER OPERATIONS)
2020-2021 Teams: Boys U15 & Boys U19
Coach Mitchell serves as the Director of Soccer Operations and Coaching for the Commonwealth Football Club. In addition to his Leadership Team duties he is also the Head Coach for both the U15 and U19 boys’ teams.
Coach Mitchell has been at the helm of the Varsity Boys Soccer Program at Archbishop Williams High School since 2008 where he has led the Bishops to the MIAA playoffs in all 12 of his seasons.
In 2011, Mitchell was voted as the Eastern Massachusetts Coach of the Year by his peers after being at the helm for only four seasons. He then went on to lead the program to back to back South Sectional Titles in 2014 and 2015 while being named Eastern Massachusetts Coach of the Year for a second time in 2014, as well as Boston Globe Coach of the Year..
The USSF, USC and NFHS licensed coach has also been involved with coaching at the youth level for the former Boston Rams Academy from 2011 to 2017, where he worked with and coached the High School age groups ranging from U15 to U19. His teams have been finalists in the Massachusetts State Cup in 2017 and 2018.
As a standout player in high school at nationally ranked Saint John’s Shrewsbury, he earned a scholarship to play for Stonehill College, where he captained the side his senior year.
Coach Mitchell also currently serves as the President on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Massachusetts Soccer Coaches Association. He is also coaches for Braintree Youth Soccer.
- 2011 EMSCA D3 South Coach of the Year
- 2014 EMSCA D4 South Coach of the Year
- 2014 Boston Globe D4 Coach of the Year
- 2014 D4 MIAA South Sectional Champion
- 2014 D4 MIAA Eastern Massachusetts Champion
- 2015 Catholic Central League Champion
- 2015 D4 MIAA South Sectional Champion
- 2019 Catholic Central League Champions
Dan Roberts (Technical Director)
Dan Roberts (Technical Director)
2020-2021 Team: Boys U17
Coach Roberts brings a wealth of NCAA Division III experience as both a coach and a former student-athlete to Commonwealth FC. He joined the Emmanuel College staff during the spring of 2016, becoming just the third-ever Head Coach of the Men's Soccer program. Most recently, Roberts was the Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at University of Massachusetts Boston, where he helped lead the Beacons to a Little East Conference Championship and to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2015. Prior to the 2015 season at UMass Boston, Roberts was the Assistant Coach at Wentworth Institute of Technology for two years.
In his first season at the helm, Roberts led the Saints to an 8-9-2 record while posting a 4-4-1 mark in GNAC play to earn the No. 5 seed in the 2016 GNAC tournament. His squad posted six shutouts to rank second in program history for clean sheets in a single season. In 2017, the squad posted seven ties, a program-record which also led the nation among NCAA Division III programs.
To date, Coach Roberts has coached four players to GNAC All-Conference honors at Emmanuel and qualified for GNAC postseason play all three seasons since joining the staff. The squad also earned the 2018 GNAC Men's Soccer Team Sportsmanship award
As a collegiate player, Roberts was a four-year member and two-time team captain of the Bridgewater State University Men's Soccer Team. He earned All-MASCAC honors three years in a row and represented the men's soccer team on BSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for three years.
Coach Roberts currently works full-time as the Clemente Field Coordinator and Equipment Manager at Emmanuel College.
Brian O’Reilly (Goalkeeper Coach)
Brian O’Reilly (Goalkeeper Coach)
Coach O'Reilly is 2018 graduate and 4-year soccer player at Franklin Pierce University. Prior to his collegiate career, he was a member of the Weymouth High School Program. Coach O is currently the Boys Varsity Assistant Coach at Archbishop Williams and the Goalkeeper Coach for both the boys’ and girls’ programs. He helped lead the 2019 Bishops to a Catholic Central League Title and its 12 straight playoff appearance. Coach O’Reilly is licensed through the NFHS and United Soccer Coaches Association
His philosophy is to build age appropriate training sessions to build strong fundamentals to create good habits and technique.
Coach O’s favorite part of coaching is seeing goalkeepers engaged and motivating themselves and each other to improve and reach their goals.
Matt Freeman (Staff Coach)
2020-2021 Team: Girls U12
Coach Freeman’s varied and rewarding playing experiences, in combination with his academic pursuits, have made him an effective coach attuned to the needs of the whole player. Constantly seeking new ideas and approaches, Matt is an avid student of every element of soccer.
Playing three years of varsity soccer at Weymouth High School, Coach Freeman enjoyed many successes before graduating in 1994, including a state title in 1991. In his senior season at WHS, he was voted All-Scholastic, All-League, and All-New England All-Star, having helped lead the team to the state semifinals. Matt also ran indoor and outdoor track, earning state and New England titles as part of 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay teams. His hard work and talent secured him a scholarship to play soccer and study at Boston University.
In his freshman year at BU, his Division I team was ranked #1 in the country. Matt's favorite memory of his college playing experience was from that winning season when the team beat University of Virginia, 3-2, in front of over 7,000 fans at UVA. His assist in that championship delivered the game-deciding goal. The team's achievements continued through the remainder of his career playing for BU, maintaining status as one of the top twenty teams in the country with Academic All-Conference honors in the 1997-98 season.
Following his undergraduate work, Coach Freeman pursued his first Master's degree in Coaching and Physical Education and then a second Master's degree in Health Education. Currently Coach Freeman is a physical educator at South Middle School in Braintree, MA.
Coach Freeman began coaching the Braintree High School boys in 2000 and currently coaches the Girls' Varsity Soccer Team at Braintree High School. He is also the owner of Advantage Soccer and spends the off seasons providing training for local teams and organizations.
Charlie Kilmain (Staff Coach)
2020-2021 Team: Girls U15
Coach Kilmain has been coaching at various levels in the soccer community since 1995.
Coaching from the youth levels through Women’s summer league teams. He has recreational, travel, High School and Club teams. In 2019, Coach Kilmain led the u19 Braintree Girls to the MTOC Championship. In the pursuit of staying current with the evolving game, he has completed the Certified Interscholastic Coach program through the NFHS. In 2015, after completing the NSCAA National Diploma he went on to receive the Advanced National Diploma through the Unites Soccer Coaches Association. In 2018, Coach Kilmain received the National D Coaching License through the United States Soccer Federation. Currently Coach Kilmain is the Head Varsity Coach for the North Quincy High School Varsity Boys after spending several years coaching the Quincy High School Junior Varsity ladies. While coaching the club, Coach Kilmain concentrates on pool practices as well as the tactical and technical development of the girl’s club program.
Coaching Philosophy: “I believe in the virtue of the game. I would like to pass on to the players what past and present coaches have shared with me. The game can be played by all but on different levels with varying degrees of intensity and achievements.”
“We do not play to lose, we do not play to win, we do not play for championships, trophies or to be on the cover of a magazine. We play to create the moments, striving for perfection, for the love of the game.” -Unknown
Tom Miller (Staff Coach)
2020-2021 Team: Girls U13 White
CFC Staff Coach since 2014
Braintree Travel Soccer Coach 2014-2017
Current Boys Freshman Soccer coach at Braintree High School since 2014.
South Girls Middle School Basketball Coach 2014-Present.
Braintree American Little League Board of Directors 2013- Present
Braintree American Challenger League Head Coach 2013- Present
Currently employed as a teacher at East Middle School in Braintree
Nichols College 2009-2012
- 2010 Commonwealth Coast Conference Champion
- 2010 NCAA D3 Tournament
- Captain 2013 Team
Archbishop Williams High School 2005-2008
- 3 Varsity Sport Athlete Baseball, Soccer, Basketball
- 2 Time Catholic Conference All Star
- Captain of 2009 Soccer Team.
Tom O’Callaghan (Staff Coach)
Tom O’Callaghan (Staff Coach)
2020-2021 Team: Boys U13
Tom O’Callaghan is the head coach of the Commonwealth FC Elite U13 boys team. His primary goals are to improve individual player's skills, foster a love for and knowledge of the game, and to achieve success as a team.
Tom has extensive coaching experience (20+ years) working with both boys and girls teams at all different age and skill levels. His teams have won a number of private tournaments, as well as the MA State league tournament. Tom has coached and developed a number of players who are now playing collegiate level soccer.
Coach O’Callaghan holds certifications from both the United States Soccer Federation and the United Soccer Coaches Association.
As a player, Tom was a central defender and captain of his college team, in his native Dublin, Ireland
Jack Chaplain (Staff Coach)
2020-2021 Teams: Head Coach Boys U10 & Assistant Coach Girls U12
Coach Chaplain started playing with Stoneham Youth Soccer before moving onto theTopsfield Suns in the MAPLE League. After a successful varsity soccer career at Stoneham High School, Coach Chaplain then went on to graduate from Salem State University. A father of four, Coach Chaplain has found his way back to the game in a coaching capacity. He is committed to teaching the foundational and technical skills while focusing on fun and the love of the game. Coach Chaplain has been working with our younger age groups for both our boys and girls programs in the NSL and NEP since 2016. He is a licensed United States Soccer Federation Coach.
Josh Gunning (Staff Coach)
2020-2021 Team: Girls U16
Coach Gunning has been with Commonwealth Football Club for six years and has consistently developed his players to reach the next level. Josh believes in dedication and hard work which has proven very successful with the teams he’s coached.
As a player, Coach Gunning led the Blue Hills Warriors to two Mayflower league titles. The United States Soccer Federation licensed coach has four children playing for the CFC.
- USSF E license
- USSF 4v4 license
- USSF 11v11 license
David Ringuis (Staff Coach)
2020-2021 Team: Girls U13
Coach Ringius is a life-long Braintree resident, and has been coaching with Commonwealth Football Club since June 2013. In addition to his coaching with CFC, Coach Ringius has coached and served on the Board of Directors with Braintree Youth Soccer and coached/directed with Braintree Travel Soccer. Additionally, Coach Ringius has refereed games from the U9 through U16 level at the recreational level as well as in the South Shore, MAPLE, and NEP soccer leagues.
Initially, Coach Ringius joined CFC with our 2004 Girls Team taking them from the U10 level to the U13 level. During the 2016-2017 year, Coach Ringius also added the 2008 Team, and has coached this group from their U9 days until present. Coach Ringius’ teams have achieved various accomplishments along the way including both league and tournament championships.
Coach Ringius through his trainings seeks to develop strong and confident players on the pitch, with the hope of this carrying over into everyday life. He emphasizes an approach to the game that includes cross-functional aspects of training to ensure the complete development of the player.
Coach Ringius continually seeks to further educate himself in all aspects of soccer and physical training. He holds a Class E license under Massachusetts Youth Soccer’s past licensing system. He has taken various courses under the new U.S Soccer model, earning licensure in 4 v 4, 9 v 9, and 11 v 11. Additionally, Coach Ringius is a 5th Degree Black Belt with the New England Martial Arts Center, and teaches classes for those ranging from 3 years old to adults with his rank of Regional Head Instructor.